The Precision Machining Advantage For Today’s Engineer
July 16, 2018
OEM engineer leaders face new challenges presented by an ever-expanding global market and innovative technology. How do you keep your current customers satisfied, your profit margins from shrinking, and entice new customers when there is competition at every corner? Precision machining is one technology that helps you maintain that competitive edge. It’s easier than you think to incorporate it into your workflow, particularly when you contract a company that has precision machining experience.
What is precision machining?
Precision machining is the process wherein raw material is removed from an object to create a smaller, finished product utilizing cutting machines, software applications, and human engineering to meet very exacting specifications.
Companies who outsource the manufacturing of machine parts will also outsource the precision machining work. There are various reasons to outsource, from being overwhelmed with production (a great “problem” to have), or too small a shop to justify the cost of a CNC machine, or, to reduce operational costs in general.
What is CNC machining technology?
Due to the high precision involved, CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines are typically employed in order to ensure the finished product meets exact dimensions.
As an example, here at Hansford, we have multi-axis CNC milling and turning machines in our shop (fully stacked with more manufacturing equipment). We also have expert staff skilled in the engineering software used to run these machines.
The advantages of using CNC machines and the precision machining process are highlighted next.
Precision machining advantages
Industry today is moving at a breakneck pace. Keeping up to speed or ahead of the curve is vital for your business in order to meet the demands of today’s customers.
Here are 7 advantages to using and outsourcing precision machining in your business model.
1. ) Low Error
By using CNC machines, once the correct specifications are keyed in, the automated precision machining process takes over. The chances for error is extremely low as compared to human machining. When you outsource this work, you avoid the need to recruit and hire the highly skilled staff needed to run these machines.
2.) Less Material Waste
As the core concept of precision machining is subtraction, there is enormous potential for material waste from start to finish on a single product. CNC precision machining helps reduce material costs due to wastage from human error. Contract companies may also be buying the material needed for your job is bulk, and pass the savings on to you.
3.) Consistent Product Quality
Precision machining via CNC machines leads to consistent output time after time. Consistently producing quality product runs leads to customer confidence and enhances your brand’s awareness.
4.) Improved Workflow
When looking at how to manage opportunity costs, it’s key that engineers’ time and skills are spent in actual product development and not tiny design changes. A company that offers contract precision machining services can usually assist with minor modifications during the prototyping process to meet design and/or industry standards.
5.) Reduced Turnaround Time
Opportunity exists to improve your existing factory workflow (either with in-house precision machines if you can afford the machine investment and the skilled labor to operate it), or, by using contract machining services. A contract company is experienced in this type of work and have the system in place to get the job done as efficiently as possible.
6.) Faster Production Cycles
Being able to offer your product to market faster gives you an edge over facilities that are still using older methodologies. You’re also likely to be more flexible with changes due to industry regulations or customer requests.
7.) Easier Prototype Testing
- Precision machining offers your business an opportunity to explore smaller niche markets with potential for high returns. Precision CNC machining can allow for a flexible product-development phase as the niche opportunity is determined. If the market has a demand, the machining can be shifted into a full-scale production mode.
- Precision machining also allows for prototypes to have functional parts, as opposed to a more concept/design prototype. Functional prototypes instill more confidence from investor stakeholders than concept-only.
Ready to implement precision machining into your workflow?
Here at Hansford Parts & Products, we offer contract CNC precision machining for many industries: automotive, optics & aerospace, military, transportation and more. We can help you design and prototype precision parts, as well as run large-scale runs for turnkey products.
Get your precision parts machined to spec – and fast. Contact us for a quote today.